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Thu Dec 27, 2018, 06:29 PM

'Critical infrastructure' bill rides again; criminalizes protest against the fossil fuel industry

A Lander lawmaker has again introduced the controversial critical infrastructure protection bill from the 2018 legislative session, which opponents said was designed to criminalize protest against the fossil fuel industry.

Rep. Lloyd Larsen (R-Lander) is lead sponsor on a new iteration of the bill, which died in the waning hours of the 2018 Legislative session when the Wyoming House rejected the Senate’s attempts to override Gov. Matt Mead’s veto.

The new bill offers modest changes to the previous version — mostly cleaning up language after hectic attempts to make the bill workable last session. A flurry of amendments on the House floor in the session’s waning hours made it difficult for Legislators to keep track of what was and wasn’t in the measure, Larsen said. Last year, “there were a lot of people scratching their heads and kind of saying ‘where are we at now?’” he said.

Like the first version, Larsen’s House Bill 10 would create new crimes for people who impede, or trespass with the intent to impede, “critical infrastructure.” The bill defines critical infrastructure with a long list of types of facilities related to Wyoming’s key industries.

Read more: https://www.wyofile.com/critical-infrastructure-bill-rides-again/

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TexasTowelie Dec 2018 OP
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2018, 06:39 PM

1. To the shithole state north of me

 

Dont bother advertising WY in Colorado. I wont visit.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2018, 07:06 PM

2. Wouldn't something like that violate the First Amendment?

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 27, 2018, 08:39 PM

4. No,

because blocking blocking traffic or free movement of others is not protected. It is no different than "bubble zone laws" protecting abortion clinics.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2018, 08:35 PM

3. I'm missing the issue

How is this different than buffer zones around abortion clinics? Seems like the same principle to me. I don't buy into this trend of "its always OK if my side does it" nonsense.

How does it criminalize peaceful protest or assembly when it doesn't infringe the rights of others? Blocking roads and highways, regardless of the cause, should be an offense.
These is not peaceful assembly. I'm not saying that it is the same as above, but same concept. Blocking emergency vehicles that results in death, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.

Ever notice how many of these people drive themselves to these protests in vehicles with internal combustion engines that look like Ford 350s and not Toyota Yaris?

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